As the leading exponent in this field they have established major Shakespeare festivals for Brighton, Nottingham, Leeds, The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon and in the West End at the world-famous Holland Park Theatre. This year sees the Company become an international force in Shakespearian performance as it travels to Norway for the first time.
By inviting audiences into a beautiful, historic site in the heart of each city, installing covered seating, and adding staging, set, lighting and sound the company creates a new temporary performance space that captures the imagination of the public; and by performing Shakespeare’s plays in a clear, engaging and traditional style the company has seen audiences grow to over 100,000 throughout each summer tour. The British Shakespeare Company has performed over 700 shows, entertained hundreds of thousands of people, employed hundreds of actors – from movie stars to the finest classically-trained verse-speakers – and produced two of the Bard’s most popular plays each year.
With a full company of sixteen players including original live music and songs, beautiful period costumes and the magic of a summer’s evening, Robert J Williamson has been fulfilling that aim of all actor-managers throughout the ages: to enchant and delight audiences of all classes and ages.